We have seen the eyes of the hurting children here in the city streets where they are trapped with no room to grown and no hope for education or a better life. Many have lived and died in the streets from Bangkok to Chiang Rai completely undetected. Others are raised in brothel neighborhoods, where all they know about life is that someone will pay them money for sex. These kids allow their bodies to be used; raped for money, while others are entrapped in slave labor and forced to work with little or no profit. With their small amounts they make, they try desperately to pay off their pimps, brothel owners, or slave masters in hopes to be set free. But if freedom is possible at all... then what? With no education, where can these children go and what can they do? This is the beautiful side of evil, an economic "catch 22" that offers no way out for a trafficked victim from the sex trade - even if they make it out on their own.
The average income in Thailand is around 150.00 USD a year. Poverty is a large problem and a major cause for human trafficking as well as so many other factors unmentioned. We have found a new hope: one of restoration, where children have the opportunity to play, laugh, dream, and learn. We have been humbled to visit, talk and speak with them about this new life that most of them dream to see here at the orphanage. Most importantly, we have encountered the face of hope.